2020 Alfa Romeo Stelvio vs. 2020 Hyundai Santa Fe

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Safety

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Both the Stelvio and the Santa Fe have standard driver and passenger frontal airbags, front side-impact airbags, side-impact head airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners, height adjustable front shoulder belts, plastic fuel tanks, four-wheel antilock brakes, traction control, electronic stability systems to prevent skidding, crash mitigating brakes, daytime running lights, rearview cameras, available all-wheel drive, lane departure warning systems, blind spot warning systems, front parking sensors, rear cross-path warning and driver alert monitors.

Reliability

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The engine in the Stelvio has a single overhead cam for simplicity. The engines in the Santa Fe have dual overhead cams, which add to the number of moving parts and the complexity of the cylinder heads.

The battery on the Stelvio is in the trunk, which protects it from hot underhood temperatures that can degrade battery life. By keeping the Stelvio’s battery 20 to 30 degrees cooler, its life is increased by years. The Santa Fe’s battery is in the hot engine compartment.

Engine

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The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 95 more horsepower (280 vs. 185) and 128 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 178) than the Santa Fe’s standard 2.4 DOHC 4 cyl. The Stelvio’s 2.0 turbo 4 cyl. produces 45 more horsepower (280 vs. 235) and 46 lbs.-ft. more torque (306 vs. 260) than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s standard 2.0 turbo 4 cyl.

As tested in Motor Trend the Alfa Romeo Stelvio is faster than the Hyundai Santa Fe:

Stelvio

Santa Fe 4 cyl.

Santa Fe 2.0T

Zero to 60 MPH

5.4 sec

8.9 sec

9.6 sec

Quarter Mile

14 sec

16.7 sec

17.1 sec

Speed in 1/4 Mile

97.3 MPH

84.3 MPH

82.8 MPH

Fuel Economy and Range

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On the EPA test cycle the Stelvio gets better fuel mileage than the Santa Fe:

Stelvio

Santa Fe

2WD

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/29 hwy

20 city/27 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

4WD

n/a

21 city/27 hwy

2.4 4 cyl./Auto

2.0 turbo 4 cyl./Auto 8-Spd.

22 city/28 hwy

20 city/26 hwy

2.0 4 cyl./Auto

Brakes and Stopping

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For better stopping power the Stelvio’s brake rotors are larger than those on the Santa Fe:

Stelvio

Santa Fe

Front Rotors

13 inches

12.6 inches

Rear Rotors

12.5 inches

12 inches

The Stelvio’s standard front and rear disc brakes are vented to help dissipate heat for shorter stops with less fading. The rear discs on the Santa Fe are solid, not vented.

The Stelvio stops shorter than the Santa Fe:

Stelvio

Santa Fe

60 to 0 MPH

132 feet

136 feet

Consumer Reports

60 to 0 MPH (Wet)

138 feet

141 feet

Consumer Reports

Tires and Wheels

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For better traction, the Stelvio’s optional tires are larger than the largest tires available on the Santa Fe (255/45R20 vs. 235/65R17).

The Stelvio’s standard tires provide better handling because they have a lower 60 series profile (height to width ratio) that provides a stiffer sidewall than the Santa Fe SE/SEL’s standard 65 series tires. The Stelvio’s optional tires have a lower 45 series profile than the Santa Fe 2.0T’s 55 series tires.

For better ride, handling and brake cooling the Stelvio has standard 18-inch wheels. Smaller 17-inch wheels are standard on the Santa Fe SE/SEL. The Stelvio’s optional 20-inch wheels are larger than the 19-inch wheels on the Santa Fe 2.0T.

Suspension and Handling

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The Stelvio offers an optional driver-adjustable suspension system. It allows the driver to choose between an extra-supple ride, reducing fatigue on long trips, or a sport setting, which allows maximum control for tricky roads or off-road. The Santa Fe’s suspension doesn’t offer adjustable shock absorbers.

The Stelvio has vehicle speed-sensitive variable-assist power steering, for low-effort parking, better control at highway speeds and during hard cornering, and a better feel of the road. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer variable-assist power steering.

For a smoother ride and more stable handling, the Stelvio’s wheelbase is 2 inches longer than on the Santa Fe (110.9 inches vs. 108.9 inches).

The Stelvio’s front to rear weight distribution is more even (50% to 50%) than the Santa Fe’s (57.3% to 42.7%). This gives the Stelvio more stable handling and braking.

The Stelvio AWD handles at .84 G’s, while the Santa Fe AWD pulls only .81 G’s of cornering force in a Car and Driver skidpad test.

The Stelvio Ti AWD executes Motor Trend’s “Figure Eight” maneuver 2 seconds quicker than the Santa Fe (26.9 seconds @ .67 average G’s vs. 28.9 seconds @ .58 average G’s).

Chassis

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The Stelvio is 3.2 inches shorter than the Santa Fe, making the Stelvio easier to handle, maneuver and park in tight spaces.

Cargo Capacity

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A low lift-over cargo hatch design makes loading and unloading the Stelvio easier. The Stelvio’s cargo hatch lift-over height is 28.5 inches, while the Santa Fe’s liftover is 31.2 inches.

A standard locking glovebox keeps your small valuables safer in the Stelvio. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer locking storage for small valuables.

Towing

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The Stelvio’s standard towing capacity is much higher than the Santa Fe’s (3000 vs. 2000 pounds).

Servicing Ease

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The engine in the Stelvio is mounted longitudinally (North-South), instead of sideways, as in the Santa Fe. This makes it easier to service and maintain, because the accessory belts are in front.

Ergonomics

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The Stelvio’s front and rear power windows all open or close fully with one touch of the switches, making it more convenient at drive-up windows and toll booths, or when talking with someone outside the car. The Santa Fe’s standard passenger windows don’t open or close automatically. With the Santa Fe SEL/Limited’s power windows, only the front windows open or close automatically.

The Stelvio’s rain-sensitive wipers adjust their speed and turn on and off automatically based on the amount of rainfall on the windshield. This allows the driver to concentrate on driving without constantly adjusting the wipers. The Santa Fe’s standard manually variable intermittent wipers have to be constantly adjusted.

Heated windshield washer nozzles are optional on the Stelvio to prevent washer fluid and nozzles from freezing and help continue to keep the windshield clear in sub-freezing temperatures. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer heated windshield washer nozzles.

Consumer Reports rated the Stelvio’s headlight performance “Very Good,” a higher rating than the Santa Fe’s headlights, which were rated “Good.”

In poor weather, headlights can lose their effectiveness as grime builds up on their lenses. This can reduce visibility without the driver realizing. The Stelvio offers available headlight washers to keep headlight output high. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer headlight washers.

To help drivers see further while navigating curves, the Stelvio has standard adaptive headlights to illuminate around corners automatically by reading vehicle speed and steering wheel angle. The Santa Fe doesn’t offer cornering lights.

The Stelvio’s standard outside mirrors include heating elements to clear off the mirrors for better visibility. Hyundai only offers heated mirrors on the Santa Fe SEL/Limited.

The Stelvio offers optional automatic dimming rear and side view mirrors which automatically darken quickly when headlights shine on them, keeping following vehicles from blinding or distracting the driver. The Santa Fe offers an automatic rear view mirror, but its side mirrors don’t dim.

The Stelvio has a standard dual zone air conditioning allows the driver and front passenger to choose two completely different temperatures so people with different temperature preferences won’t have to compromise. This makes both the driver and front passenger as comfortable as possible. Dual zone air conditioning costs extra on the Santa Fe and isn’t available on the Santa Fe SE.

The Stelvio’s standard automatic temperature control maintains the temperature you set, automatically controlling fan speed, vents and temperature to maintain a consistent, comfortable environment. The Santa Fe SE doesn’t offer automatic air conditioning.

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